December 29th, 2008


Christmas morning

Christmas morning involved much spoiling of the children.  It was so much fun listening to the kids open their stocking and play with the stuff in them while Mike and I stayed in bed.  Eventually we got up and meandered downstairs so the kids could open their presents.

The kids were crazy thrilled.

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Christmas night

After hanging out with our kiddos Christmas day we dropped them off at Grandma Jean and Grandpa Rogers house for the night.  Mike and I headed downtown for some couple time on Christmas evening.

We went down to the Saxon Pub on Lamar for a show of Monte Montgomery with his band.  He had a show at 8pm and another show at 11pm.  We got there really early, around 6:45 or so and sat in the very front seats in front of the stage.  We hung out and talked and had a few beers and then Monte came on.  He had David Piggot on bass and Phil Bass on drums.   He totally rocked.  It felt like my own personal concert just for me since I was sitting right in front of him and couldnt really see anyone else in the audience.  It was just so awesome.  I just stare at his fingers and swear they are superhuman.  He played lots of my old favorites and some cool newer tunes.  We were having so much fun that when the 8pm show ended we decided to stay for the 11pm show.   We hung out and had another beer and watched that show too.  Monte does such a good job working with both Phil and Dave doing new or improv stuff and still all sounding great together and feeding off each other.  It was just such an amazing show and a wonderful night to be out with my husband getting to spend time together.

Monte looks pretty cool with his hair all growing out long.  It was kind of getting in his face at first so he put on his hat which was a cool brown derby looking hat.  I liked it.  I want one.


More Festivities

The friday after Christmas my parents and Mike's mom and us met up with our friends Athene and Shiva for some more holiday cheer!
We drove downtown to walk around and look at the holiday lights on 37th street. Despite being a smaller showing than past years, it was a delightful walk on a nice warm night.

The thing about the lights down there is the creativity in the displays, not just the showiness. Many of the displays make political and social statements.

I was amused by one of the first houses who had a Flying Spaghetti Monster on the front of it.

Also liked the sock monkey manger scene...

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After the walk we headed home and Shiva cooked up the yummiest batch of hot cocoa I have ever had. It was made with milk and a real block of cocoa. It tasted wonderful. We also sat outside on the deck around the firepit and roasted some marshmallows.

Just a very pleasant evening with family and friends.